Project -
Mapping Eigg

Commissioned by -
Life Off the Grid

Residency and mapping project focused on the Isle of Eigg.

2014





Outcomes from residency at Sweeney’s bothy on the Isle of Eigg as part of the Life Off the Grid project with Edinburgh University and The Bothy Project.

Inspired by the story of an infamous lost map on the island , the project aimed to examine how maps are perceived and used on the island; exploring their significance and value as tools of way finding, instruments of organisation but also as material artifacts and repositories of meaning.
In particular, I was interested in exploring the idea that maps fundamentally aim to describe reality through simple abstract lines, forms and motifs.

This series was developed with the idea of creating experimental maps which focus on memory and experience to describe a place and spatial relationships. The resulting “maps” aim to represent particular narratives from conversations, journeys and observations made during the residency – referencing locations, routes and elements of visible/invisible infrastructure.
Collaborative work created with residents during an experimental map making and lino printing workshop where symbols representing life on Eigg were used to create an alternative map of the place.

I have subsequently developed this workshop with school groups.